Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Personalized Learning

One of our district goals this year is Personalized Learning. Personalized Learning is an approach that is designed around the individual student. Teachers are using  this approach to teach math in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade this year. The kindergarten teachers are also “trying” a personalized approach to learning with their reading skill work during Charge-Up. Considerations include: what are they ready to learn? what are their strengths, needs and interests?  The students are active in setting their own goals, planning how and what they will learn and keeping track of their progress.  Teachers are team teaching and students attend only the mini-lessons that they need. Students ready for skills at the next grade level, are working on what they need.

In 2nd grade math, parents you can support your child’s math learning by going over goals/assessments and checking on math homework. In third grade, students will share their goals and accomplishments with families on Seesaw, a digital portfolio. You are encouraged to look over your child’s math goal to see what they are working on and how they are doing.  In 4th grade, a student’s individual choice sheet (Goggle doc) is highlighted with his/her goal and you are encouraged to spend time discussing not only the goal, but the resources your child will engage in to support learning. Parents, this is exciting because it allows you to  know more about your child’s learning and who they are as a learner, than ever before.
Parents you may ask, why do we need to shift the way we approach learning and instruction in our school? Answer: Because it is essential that we provide our learners with the 21st century skills and competencies they will need as we prepare them for the future. Students will be more academically and socially successful, and will find a greater sense of joy in their school experience. Questions about PL, contact D. Held

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